Edgbaston Test: Chennai all over again

Edgbaston Test: Chennai all over again

Edgbaston Test: Chennai all over again

England will "go to bed dreaming about getting Virat Kohli out" as they look to win the first Test against India, says bowler James Anderson.

However, at 934 points, Kohli has become India's highest-ranked batsman, 14th overall, on the all-time tally of points.

But without fellow all-rounder Curran's contribution, England may well have lost their 1,000th Test match.

But India s bid for what would have been just their seventh win in 58 Tests in England suffered a hammer blow when Kohli was lbw to Ben Stokes, especially as the all-rounder had Mohammed Shami caught behind for a duck three balls later to leave the tourists on the brink of defeat at 141 for eight. This match has proved that help for the bowlers makes for exciting contests. There were a couple of moments when we came back. They made us work hard for the runs. He just didn't seem to feel any sort of pressure with the bat and we just love having him in our side, quite like two Ben Stokes in the side.

England captain Joe Root added there were similarities between Curran and Stokes beyond the fact they were lively pacemen and hard-hitting batsmen. "That gives us a great amount of confidence going into the rest of the series as well", he added.

That is what the atmosphere is all about, this is why Test cricket is this special - it throws up so many things through the day and we did a good job in staying calm and kept believing in each other.

"I've been encouraged the way I've bowled at him in this game so far, found the edge a few times in the first innings - and on another day I could have got him for 20, and then we're not talking about how brilliant he is". However, as long as Virat Kohli was there at the crease, anything was possible. It meant that Pandya hogged majority of the deliveries early in their partnership, but the skipper didn't mind.

Kohli brought up his patient, 88-ball half-century with just his fourth four - glanced fine off Anderson - and after two more driven boundaries by Pandya in Broad's next over, England appeared to be running out of time.

"So they were always in the game and you do expect batsmen to get a ball that has their name on it".

However, Kohli adjusted his technique, playing more on the front foot, in order to negate the moving ball. There was a nervous wait as a review ended in England's favour.

The gamble paid off immediately when Rashid's googly produced a successful leg before appeal against Sharma, who hit a useful 11.

Test matches have been providing cricket fans with thrills and spills for 141 years and this match was a prime example. He tried rotating strike with Umesh Yadav and attacked Rashid as well.

When one looks at his performances in SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) he has a total of 94 wickets.

India was all out for 162 when Pandya was caught by Alastair Cook off Stokes.

That England had a target of 194 to defend was largely down to the 20-year-old Curran's 63, his maiden Test fifty in just his second match at this level rescuing the hosts from the depths of 87/7. He scored 200 runs out of the 436 made by India.

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